SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University has broken ground on a $13 million indoor practice facility for the football team.
The 102,258-square-foot facility will be built at Lower Coyne Field and is slated to be finished within nine months. The field inside the building will be named after John F. Phelan, who played for Syracuse in 1940 and died in France during World War II in 1944.
Board of Trustees Chairman Richard L. Thompson and wife Jean, Phelan's daughter and a Syracuse graduate, helped fund the facility. They donated $1 million to the university's athletic programs in July when Syracuse officially moved from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
It's a boost for the football team, which has to share the Carrier Dome with the basketball team when the seasons overlap.